Date Recipes

A little about dates and dozens of recipes

Fresh dates
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The date palm, native to the Middle East, was mentioned in the bible as the "tree of life," and the word "date" comes from the Greek "daktulos," which means "finger." Dates grow in large bunches which can weigh as much as 40 pounds, and large trees will yield more than 1,000 dates each year.

In many countries dates are added to salads, couscous dishes and curries, but in North America they're most commonly used in baked desserts and confections.

Because dates are very high in sugar, they can easily be converted into sugar. To make date sugar, arrange sliced dates on a baking sheet and bake at 450° for 10 to 15 minutes, or until very dry and hard as rocks. Grind or process in a food processor to make sugar.

Store dried dates in a cool, dry place for 6 to 12 months. Tightly wrapped fresh dates will keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Date Yields: 8 ounces dried dates = 1 cup chopped dates

Recipes Using Dates

Easy Graham Cracker Date Pie
Date Nut Squares
Date Filled Oatmeal Cookies
Date Nut Bread
Date Squares
Date Meringue Cookies
Date Pie
Date Nut Squares
Date Bars with Pecans
Date Apple Bread
Date Muffins
Date Nut Cookies
Date Pinwheel Cookies II
Date Cookies
Date Turnover Cookies
Date Balls
Spiced Date Bread, Bread Machine
Orange Date Torte
Grape Nuts Date Bread
Date Rum Cake
Carrot Cake with Dates or Raisins
Orange Pound Cake Loaf with Dates
Cranberry Bread with Dates
Date Porcupine Cookies
Malted Milk-Date Bars
No Bake Date Nut Roll
Date Pie Recipe
Date Squares II
Date-Oat Quick Bread
Pumpkin Pecan Muffins
Spiced Carrot Snack Cake
Apple Mincemeat Crisp
Christmas Lizzies
Honey Peanut Cookies
Bikini Bars
Old-Fashioned Molasses Bread Pudding
Tomato Soup Cake
Date Pinwheel Cookies
Date Balls
Mom's Date Drop Cookies
Date Fingers
Date Filled Cookies
Fondant-Stuffed Dates
Orange Slice Cake
Orange Date Cake
Skillet Cookies
Date Nut Bread
Magic Fill Date Bars

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